The final television numbers are in for Fri., Oct. 22, and while they aren’t quite as dramatic as the week before when Rampage and SmackDown were both on cable (and head-to-head for 30 minutes), they’re still interesting. Some will undoubtedly still have strong feelings about them, too.
SmackDown, back on FOX for a week, bounced back nicely. Viewership was slightly below the last broadcast episode on Oct. 8; the 2.249 million WWE drew was .13% lower than two weeks ago. It’s .58 rating in the 18 - 49 year old demographic was up 11.5% from two weeks ago, and easily winning the night for the network.
Alone on cable, the news wasn’t as rosy for AEW. Rampage fell in both viewership (almost 8%, to 533K) and the demo (a little more than 8%, to. 22) from the week before. Both numbers were up from Oct. 8’s series lows, though. It also managed to finish in the top 10 among cable originals for the second straight week, something it wasn’t able to do two Fridays ago.
Both shows faced competition from live sports. The baseball playoffs on FS1, and ESPN’s regular season NBA coverage finished atop the cable ratings. This Friday, the two shows will deal with the World Series, which also means SmackDown is on cable again - although without airing at the same time as Rampage (a special edition of Talking Smack will, however).
Source: Showbuzz Daily